Dugald Semple and a Simple Life

A lunchtime write-up of a character I’ve recently become familiar with: Dugald Semple, a Scottish philosopher of the early 20th Century, was an advocate for simple living.  After becoming and engineer he took to the woods and, for a period, a life on the road, living in a tent and in various caravans in order to write and travel and avoid the enslavement of increasingly urban society.  His philosophies are interesting and he still has a following of vegans, fruitarians, and serious Christians around the world.  He apparently never ate meat, eggs, or cheese, and subsisted on a mostly fruit diet.  It clearly worked as he died in 1964 at the age of 79.  Not bad, but think of all the bacon he missed! DugaldSempleOf course, my interest in Dugald lies primarily in his simple lifestyle and his fondness for caravans and living in the open.  He married well.  Cathie, his wife was a widow who was independently wealthy, owning a large house and grounds.  Even as he settled down, he still philosophized and associated with his old friends who roamed the countryside and set up guilds of craftsmen (Nerrissa Wilson, Gypsies and Gentlemen).  He envisioned a new generation of skilled travelers who could pack up their trades and families and move to where the work was, thus alleviating some of the new stress of urban life. SempleI love this camp.  The wagon seems perfectly suited for summertime use with the opening sides.  Too bad his dream didn’t catch on, but he admitted that life on road could be stressful and difficult.  At least we can give it a try. Joy-in-LivingAs an end note, here’s a quote he is well known for on his philosophy of a vegan lifestyle:

Personally, I began rather drastically over 50 years ago by cutting out not only all meat or flesh foods, but milk, eggs, butter, tea and coffee. Cheese I have never eaten; indeed I hate the very smell of this decayed milk. Next, I adopted a diet of nuts, fruit, cereals and vegetables. On this Edenic fare I lived for some ten years, and found that my health and strength were greatly improved. Probably this was also because I lived more in the fresh air and closer to Nature.

I just don’t know if I can fully trust a man who won’t eat cheese…

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About George Crawford

archaeologist, archer, primitive technologist, and wannabee musician ... mostly
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5 Responses to Dugald Semple and a Simple Life

  1. Albert says:

    Nice to hear about this guy, refreshing.

  2. deryk says:

    Like the I “love this camp. The wagon seems perfectly suited for summertime use with the opening sides” reminds me of your friend with the bicycle vardo… gave me some ideas!

  3. Laura says:

    Well there is the Tiny House Movement and there are vegans among us too.

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